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ERIC Number: EJ893727
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0161-5653
Mental Health Stigma among Adolescents: Implications for School Social Workers
Kranke, Derrick; Floersch, Jerry
School Social Work Journal, v34 n1 p28-42 Sep 2009
This study investigated adolescents with a mental health diagnosis and their experience of stigma in schools. Forty adolescents between the ages of twelve and seventeen who met DSM-IV criteria for a psychiatric illness and who were prescribed psychiatric medication were selected. The Teen Subjective Experience of Medication Interview was used to obtain narrative data about medication and illness experience. Interviews were transcribed and thematically analyzed. Results show how students on psychiatric medications experience stigma. Stigma themes included ostracism from peers and social exclusion, lack of awareness about the meanings of mental illness, positive effects of interacting with others in a similar condition (called a positive stigma avoidance strategy), and unsympathetic teachers. Findings are used to suggest practice implications for school social workers. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A